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Synthetic Mucus Could Battle Bacteria

Posted 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Snot, phlegm and other forms of mucus may not be everyone's favorite subject, but scientists say synthetic mucus might help save lives. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the lab-made goo could help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. By replicating mucus' natural ability to control dangerous bacteria, the hope is to find new ways to fight infections. "I am so excited about mucus because I am convinced it can help us find new strategies for protecting us from infections, in particular those that relate to an overgrowth of harmful microbes," said study author Katharina Ribbeck, an MIT professor of tissue engineering. According to background notes with the study, a person's body produces about a gallon of mucus every day. Far from being a hindrance, mucus provides a protective coating on more than 2,000 square feet of internal ... Read more

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When Families Lack Insurance, Kids' Dental Woes Rise

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – American children without dental insurance are far less likely to receive necessary care for their teeth than kids with coverage, a new survey finds. Toothaches and other dental problems that interfere with eating, sleeping or school performance are twice as common for kids without dental coverage, researchers found. The findings were released as Republican lawmakers discuss major changes to Medicaid and other programs that provide dental insurance to many families and children. "This survey speaks loud and clear – coverage counts," said Meg Booth, executive director for the Children's Dental Health Project. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit conducted the survey. The nationwide poll included more than 600 parents of children up to age 21. Overall, 13 percent of parents said that in the past year their children needed dental care but weren't able to receive ... Read more

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Health Tip: Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You can minimize the fear of going to the dentist, experts say. The American Dental Association suggests: Talk to your dentist about your anxiety. He or she can make accommodations to make you feel more at ease. Schedule your appointment a time when you're not rushed or stressed, perhaps early on a weekday morning or on a Saturday. Bring a pair of headphones and listen to your favorite music during your appointment. Visualize yourself in a relaxing, comfortable place during the visit. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Teething Syndrome

Health Tip: Care for Your Braces

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Wearing braces means having to watch what you eat, particularly foods that can become trapped and trigger tooth decay. If you wear braces, the American Dental Association says you should avoid: Foods high in sugar. Popcorn. Corn-on-the-cob. Whole apples. Sticky foods, such as chewing gum. Read more

Related support groups: Toothache, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Healthy Gums Tied to Longer Lives for Women

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Here's another reason to get flossing: New research suggests that gum disease is linked with earlier death in older women. "Older women may be at higher risk for death because of their periodontal condition," study author Michael LaMonte said in a news release from the Journal of the American Heart Association. LaMonte is research associate professor in epidemiology at the University at Buffalo, in New York. His team published its findings in the journal on March 29. One cardiologist said the study raises an intriguing notion. "Dental hygiene is an important part of our patients' overall health, and perhaps with this study it may prompt us to further investigate its direct impact on the heart," said Dr. Rachel Bond, associate director for Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. According to background information from the researchers, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit

Posted 24 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Your mouth may be loaded with bacteria just waiting to feast on sugar. And many sodas and juices contain added sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Here are suggestions to spare your smile, courtesy of the American Dental Association: If you do drink something sugary, drink it quickly, which gives bacteria less time to feed. Drink tap water, which probably contains fluoride. Fluoride helps reduce your risk of cavities. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. At least once daily, carefully floss between teeth. Check labels and know which drinks have a lot of sugar. Teach kids, even younger ones, about making healthier choices. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Teething Syndrome

Toothache? Neanderthals Might Have Reached for Aspirin, Too

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Dental care was decidedly primitive back in the time of the Neanderthals. But new research suggests these long-gone relatives of humans already had 21st century solutions to toothache pain – aspirin, and perhaps even penicillin. The study was led by Laura Weyrich, of the Australian Center for Ancient DNA (ACAD) at the University of Adelaide. Her team examined dental plaque from the remains of four Neanderthals found in caves in Belgium and Spain. This was the oldest such plaque ever to be genetically analyzed – between 42,000 to 50,000 years old. Weyrich said DNA analysis of ancient dental build-up can reveal a storehouse of knowledge. "Dental plaque traps microorganisms that lived in the mouth and pathogens found in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract," she explained in a university news release. Plaque also harbors "bits of food stuck in the teeth ... Read more

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Health Tip: Attacked by Plaque

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings help rid your mouth of plaque – that gritty, sticky substance that's deadly for your teeth. The American Dental Association explains what plaque is and what it can do: Plaque is made up of bacteria that stick to your teeth and release acids after you eat. These acids eat away at tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay and the formation of cavities. Plaque buildup creates tough-to-remove tartar, which attaches to tooth enamel and the gum line. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, an early-stage gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums, irritation and redness. This can progress to a full-fledged gum disease called periodontitis. Read more

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Health Tip: Some Foods Are Good for Teeth

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- We all know what sugary foods and drinks can do to harm teeth, but there are also delicacies that can help your pearly whites. The American Dental Association says these foods contain nutrients that can help build strong teeth: Dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, which are rich in calcium. Leafy greens and almonds, which are also good sources of calcium. Eggs, fish, meat and poultry, which are rich in phosphorous. Vegetables and fruit, which are good sources of fiber. Citrus fruits, which are rich in vitamin C Sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and fish, which are good sources of vitamin A. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

DIY Teeth-Straightening: Don't Try This at Home

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – An orthodontist recalled a patient who devised her own means of straightening two wayward teeth. "The patient tried to close a gap between her lower incisors by wrapping string around the two teeth," the orthodontist explained. But the do-it-yourself method brought only trouble. "I was horrified to see the string deep in the gum and the severe mobility in the two teeth," the unnamed orthodontist said. Examples of people attempting to straighten their own teeth – often using dubious "how-to" guides accessed on the Internet – is on the rise, according to a survey by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). People are resorting to the use of potentially dangerous objects such as rubber bands, string, paper clips and fake retainers to circumvent the orthodontists' office, the AAO said. But this type of jerry-rigged orthodontics can lead to permanent ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Prevention of Dental Caries

Do Early Dental Visits Really Prevent Kids' Cavities?

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Children who start seeing the dentist before age 2 may not have any lower risk of cavities later on, a new study suggests. In fact, researchers found, youngsters who had early preventive dental care were more likely to need cavity treatment as they grew older, compared to other kids. "It's a counterintuitive finding," said lead researcher Justin Blackburn. He's an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. "We're not trying to say that dentists are somehow causing kids to have tooth decay," he stressed. Nor do the findings mean that early dental care is useless, Blackburn said. He acknowledged that there were limitations to the study. For one, it included only children in Alabama's Medicaid program. So it's not clear whether the findings apply to U.S. kids more generally, Blackburn said. Still, the results question ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Talk to the Dentist About a Sealant

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Brushing and flossing is important for children's teeth, and a sealant can offer added protection against cavities. A sealant is a resin material applied on teeth to fill in small spaces, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Your child's dentist can apply the sealant at the office. It creates a barrier that protects tooth enamel from acids and bacteria that could lead to decay. A sealant – often a good idea for adults, too – may need to be reapplied every few years. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Prevention of Dental Caries

More Evidence Ties Gum Health to Stroke Risk

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Adults with gum disease may be twice as likely as people with healthy gums to suffer a stroke, new research suggests. It's not the first study to link gum disease and brain attacks caused by blood clots. However, the new findings expand on that knowledge by demonstrating a "dose-response" relationship. "The higher the level of gum disease, the worse the risk," explained study author Dr. Souvik Sen, chair of neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, in Columbia. Stroke risk rose with the level of gum disease; it was 1.9 times, 2.1 times and 2.2 times higher for people with mild, moderate and severe gum disease, respectively, the findings showed. One stroke expert said that was the most intriguing discovery in the study. "The fact that it is a dose-effect relationship, it's an important finding," said Dr. Maurizio Trevisan. He is dean of ... Read more

Related support groups: Ischemic Stroke, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Transient Ischemic Attack, Gingivitis, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries

Health Tip: Get Your Mouth Healthy Before Cancer Treatment

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You have many things on your mind before you start cancer treatment, but a visit to your dentist should be on your to-do list. The American Dental Association recommends: Talk to your dentist about things that can help prevent dental complications from cancer treatment. Potential examples include fluoride treatment, replacing crowns or bridges, or treating existing gum disease. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak it in warm water before brushing to soften bristles even more. Floss between teeth daily. Use caution where gums are sensitive or bleeding. Stop using tobacco, which can slow healing. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Rinse your mouth regularly to help prevent tooth decay. Skip alcohol-based rinses in favor of a salt-water rinse or a solution with baking soda. Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

Health Tip: Reducing Your Heart Disease Risk

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as being overweight, eating unhealthy foods or being sedentary, take steps to lower your risk. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Eat a healthy diet, consisting of lean proteins, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Indulge occasionally in your favorite cravings. If you're overweight, set weight-loss goals. Even losing a small percentage of your body weight reduces your risk for heart disease. Get more active. Go for walks, dance, do sit-ups or push-ups. You don't have to join a gym to move more. Do not use tobacco in any form. Find healthy ways to control stress. Take care of your teeth and gums, as there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. You don't have to make all of these changes at once. Achieve one goal at a time. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Smoking, Heart Disease, Oral and Dental Conditions, Smoking Cessation, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Ischemic Heart Disease

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